Margaret Ann Gaylord, 103, passed away on Jan. 10, 2019. She spent the last five years of her life living with her daughter in San Diego but called Atascadero home for nearly 50 years.
All are welcome to attend her funeral service, officiated by Pastor Ted Mort at Atascadero Gospel Chapel, 8205 Curbaril Ave., on March 2 at 2 p.m.
Margaret was born in Omaha, Neb., on Aug. 3, 1915, to William and Anna Frahm. She and her younger brother Bill came from a family of good genes; their father lived to be 108 years old.
In 1941, she married Howard Gaylord, and together they had two children, Linda and Kenneth. Margaret spoke often of their adventures traveling the country during Howard’s military service, living at bases from Catalina Island to the Ozark mountains of Arkansas.
After the war, they lived in Omaha where their two children were born, and they moved to Paso Robles in 1950. Howard then founded the Howard K. Gaylord Block Plant, which Margaret helped administer. They lived in Paso Robles from 1950 until 1961, then moved to San Luis Obispo. In 1965, they relocated to Atascadero and retired.
Margaret volunteered throughout her retirement. She received awards for her work from the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce in 1984, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Service of SLO County in 1988, the Atascadero Senior Center in 1992, and the RSVP of SLO County in 1996.
Margaret also spent a great deal of her time sewing and crafting clothing, handbags, kitchen items and ornaments. She took particular pride in the hundreds of stuffed dolls she carefully constructed out of colorful fabrics.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth and Linda, and her grandchildren: Eric, Tony, Marc and partner Max, Brian and wife Nas, and Kristen and wife Karla. She’s also survived by her great-grandson, Finn, son of Brian and Nas. For many years, Margaret waited impatiently for a great-grandchild, so she was happy to finally meet little Finn in 2015, who calls her “GG.”
Her family loves her very much and will remember her as a social butterfly with a quick wit. They extend deep gratitude to all the friends, volunteers and caretakers who called, visited, and spent many hours playing cards with her.